From the Roanoke Beacon – 6 Jan 1899
While Mr. Enoch BATEMAN and a colored man were engaged in rafting logs at Walker & Myers mill Monday afternoon the boat in which they were standing sunk and the two men went down beneath the freezing water. Men hurried to their rescue in time to save the colored man as he came up the last time, but Mr. BATEMAN had filled a watery grave. His body was soon recovered, but all the efforts to revive him were in vain and his lifeless body was taken to his grief-stricken family. Our community extends heartfelt sympathies to the young wife and little children who are thus so suddenly made widow and orphans.